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Defending General Protections Claims Based on Workplace Rights

Joanne Alilovic
Joanne Alilovic
Director 3D HR Legal
1 CPD Point


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General protections claims can be very costly and have a significant impact on a business. This course provides practical guidance on how to successfully defend a general protections claim based on a workplace right.

General protections claims are the second most common type of claim brought by an employee against an employer. These types of claims can have a high financial cost for employers – with uncapped monetary compensation, potential civil penalties, and limited ability to recover legal costs. This makes it very important to deal with general protections claims quickly and decisively to protect business interests.

This course provides an overview of the general protections available to employees under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). It then takes a deep dive into general protections claims made by employees based on a workplace right, discussing:

  • the “workplace rights” general protections available to employees in respect of their employment;
  • the legal objections that may be available to an employer to defend a claim;
  • dealing with arguments based on the merits and jurisdiction; and
  • navigating conciliation conferences and court hearings.

The course also explores a number of recent and significant cases to provide practical illustrations of the issues involved with general protections claims based on a workplace right, as well as potential pitfalls to avoid when advising clients.

Last Updated: March 2024

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Joanne Alilovic
Joanne Alilovic
Director 3D HR Legal

Jo Alilovic is an employment lawyer, business owner at 3D HR Legal, author and podcaster with over 20 years of legal experience.

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  1. 5.0/5
    Easy to understand
    This course provides a very clear explanation of the basic principles of general protections claims. I am glad I took it.
  2. 4.0/5
    An orderly approach to the subject and explained well by examples
    In addition to the above, the test along the way and in conclusion required careful consideration of nuances reinforcing lessons learned.
  3. 4.0/5
    Lucid and Informative
    The course is lucid and informative. It seems well adapted to the capacities and needs of a non expert in that area of practice.